Monday, December 17, 2007

Society of Gloves Blog on Hiatus

Happy First Day of Saturnalia! The Society needs to celebrate the holidays and not blog, so this blog is going to be on hiatus until the new year. I really haven't had anything new to write about as of late, and I don't remember any recent dreams.

Here's the last episode available on Hulu of The Office. The episode is called "Business School":



See you next year!

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Society Surveys on Hiatus

I guess it's a wise choice to put the bulk of the DeRamos.org Network's daily features on hold for the holiday season, as (1) I don't have the time and (2) Web traffic is probably low this time of year - with the exception of online merchants.

With that said, our socio-politico-economic surveys at Survey Sunday will be on hiatus for the holiday season. I don't know if people will do these types of surveys for this time of year, but we'll be back with a vengeance in time for the primary season for the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections.

And of course, we'll have some new Society songs in the coming year!

With that said, here's the last episode of The Office before the Strike finally sunk in, or at least before the holiday hiatus - but likely the former. The episode is called "The Deposition":



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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Chord du Jour on Hiatus

Given the busy nature of the holidays, and the time it takes to create a daily music lesson, I've put Chord du Jour on hiatus...as in, I hate to do this but that's what I need to do. On the bright side, we've gone through two complete cycles of all twelve keys - chords AND scales.

While you digest that info, please stick around and watch this episode of The Office, called "Survivor Man":



Rest assured, I'll be putting some of that music theory to practice during that hiatus while I'm scoring a film called Elan Vital.

And that's sort of how those two otherwise unrelated things - music lessons and film postproduction - tie into this usually unrelated thing - a band called The Society of Gloves. It's all related.

In fact, it's absolutely relative.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Filler

The Holidays always become the Holy Daze...
I have yet to do another podcast (it is past due)...
The Elan Vital score is slowly coming along...
Congratulations to Eddie Vedder and the other Into the Wild composers for their Golden Globe nomination for best score...
Here's an episode of The Office called "Branch Wars":



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Thursday, December 13, 2007

This One's for Ike Turner

It's music legend that in 1951, Ike Turner and his band discovered guitar amp distortion - an essential element in rock and roll - by accidentally dropping a speaker from the roof of the band's car...or a story to that effect. Rock music salutes you, Mr. Turner!


As a non-sequitur...here's an episode of The Office called "Local Ad":



Ike Turner photo credit: Masahiro Sumori.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"The Office" of Gloves

I dreamt that I was part of the cast of the NBC show The Office, but it wasn't a show. It felt like a real office, and I felt like I had a real white-collar job, but the whole situation was funny like the show. Steve Carell played the role of the boss, but his name wasn't Michael Scott. He was instead named Butch Reed, like the wrestler.

Anyhow, here's an episode of The Office for your reference:



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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Acting Conspiracy

I had a dream where I was part of a "conspiracy" to trick someone to follow their dreams. Sad premise, I know. The first run of the act was great, as I wasn't aware that I was playing a role. Then we tried it again and again, and then it felt like an act. Then we tried to ad lib, and that was a disaster.

Since it's the holiday shopping season, here's that infamous Saturday Night Live Digital Short, just in time for Christmas:



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Monday, December 10, 2007

Scoring a Film


I've been writing and recording the soundtrack (10-14 songs' worth!) for a movie called Elan Vital. You can read more about the scoring process at the Elan Vital postproduction (and beyond!) web log. Cheers!

To keep yourselves occupied, here's a badass Natalie Portman rapping for an SNL Digital Short:



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Sunday, December 09, 2007

My Friends

I had a dream I was hanging out with my dear friends since high school, and it was Christmas. They all spoke with different accents (than usual), and so did I . I had a Western movie cowboy accent. And there was this road trip from Washington state to Alaska.

While you digest that, check out SNL's "People Getting Punched Just Before Eating":



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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Tom Hanks, Pop Star

This is funny, bizarre, and starring Tom Hanks:



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Friday, December 07, 2007

An Unanswerable Riddle?

In this dream, there were two words. One word was clone; the other word had the same meaning as clone, started with the letter c, was five letters long, but had the letter m in it.

Impossible.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Note to Self

I keep a minicassette recorder near my bed to record ideas conveniently, especially when I wake up and need to do so. I've done this to record my incoherent dreams in great detail. However, last night I woke to and record my dream in such an intelligible whisper, that I have to do a note to self.

Note to self: No matter how groggy and half-conscious, try to enunciate while recounting a dream.

I remember the content of the dream a little bit. It involved Star Wars, as well as a reality show with two households under one roof - the consequences thereof.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Not "Ishmael"

So I had this dream about a wise, telepathic shark in an aquarium in a small college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The teacher was a great white named Voldermor, like Harry Potter's Voldermort without the -t, otherwise Voldermar (-mar alluding to the sea) was also used in the dream. The student - much like the Alan Lomax characters in Ishmael and My Ishmael - was a seeker of knowledge, and the two had Socratic dialogues about the meaning of a fictionalized Tolstoy's War and Peace - in the dream it was called Troyovski's (it was spelled that way!) Life and Death.

Somewhere along the way, the student helped the teacher escape the college to his spaceship, which also contained a large enough water-filled aquarium for the shark. The student, who I suspect was yours truly, was definitely happy that there was a glass partition between the telepathic shark and myself.

A shark's a shark, isn't it? Okay, maybe the dream wasn't long enough for me to warm up to the non-gorilla, Ishmael-like character...but the shark was named Voldermor...so buyer beware.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

"Elan Vital" Soundtrack

I have a good feeling that my part of the Elan Vital soundtrack/score will have enough material to fill an entire album. While being in the middle of constantly writing, recording, and viewing the locked picture track is fulfilling - I can't wait until it's all done and look back with an even greater feeling of satisfaction.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

More Unintentional Symbolism

Someone dressed up like my brother (and band mate in the Society) began to electrocute that area near my right shoulder and probably tried to drain some life-force or something. Anyhow, I knew that the demon wasn't my brother and I let out a war cry and began to attack.

And that's when I woke up. The war cry sounded like a strange wheeze in real life.

Oh...and last night's dream, I came up with a stand up comic routine that involved buying 16 to 20 tacos. Apparently, I was also in high school.

End transmission.

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Society Survey #7: First Amendment

We have a new survey that covers a fraction of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: The Establishment Clause, the Free Exercise Clause, and Freedom of Speech. Please take this quick survey, and we should reveal some results on a future Results Thursday. Thanks.

Also, if I have nothing to write about tomorrow, I'll tell you about last night's dream - one where I fought a demon.

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Emperor Pie Man

I dreamt of a Star Wars spoof on The Simpsons, with Homer's Pie Man persona ruling the galaxy. Woo-hoo!!!

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Waking Up after Waking Up

I had a dream that I came up with a melody so irresistible, I had to wake myself up and hum it into the microcassette recorder near my bed. And so I did that.

Realizing that was still part of the dream, I woke up again to record the melody. Upon listening to the melody...it's not that great, and it's probably lifted from another musician's work. This whole episode was a good effort, though, if I do say so myself.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Technician

A quick one: Check out The Technician and his phat beats on MySpace.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hospital Food

I'm obviously writing about the dreams of previous nights because I have nothing new to report: No new tracks close to completion, no new records to review, no nothin'. So here goes:

I was in a hospital, and the hospital food consisted to sweets and deserts - chocolate donuts, cake with chocolate frosting, cake with white frosting, and bread pudding conveniently packaged Jell-O pudding cups.

I watched House last night, so that explains the hospital part...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Disney Like Cake

That was one of the dreams I had last night. Disney Like Cake. It had nothing to do with Walt Disney's empire, and the word disney was a common noun with a meaning that's since been lost. It made total sense during the dream, however - but what nonsensical subconscious storyline doesn't at the time broadcast?

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Unwound D-String

I had a dream last night where I noticed the D-string of my guitar was unwound, making the string thinner than the G-string. And then I took out a metal slide and The Society played a rendition of The Who's "Baba O'Riley," and apparently, I did the synthesizer intro playing the slide guitar.

I didn't know I had it in me.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Society Survey #6: Second Amendment

In reaction to then-current Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese's purchase of two guns, and the band-wide heated conversation about gun ownership, Eddie Vedder wrote the lines: "Got a gun / Fact I got two / That's okay, man / 'Cause I love God!"

Anyhow, DeRamos.org has a survey about the Second Amendment and the current U.S. Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller (2007).

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Subconscious Protest

Okay, folks, yet another dream open for interpretation. Okay, two dreams. One involved Dick Cheney: A private investigator called the V.P. "Priest" and successfully blackmailed him over a photo. Hmm...politcal strategy?

The second one: A webmaster/conspiracy theorist was paranoid about the government following his every move. His solution? He distributed as many No. 2 pencils as he could, each engraved with his website's URL. It was a .com site because it looked like "no3" when I read it.

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Like that. What does this all mean?

Probably nothing.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Quadruple Feature

It was a strange night of sleep. I had four feature-length (?) dreams, each ending with me waking up between dreams. I don't remember the content of the first two, except that they were two distinct dreams, and I vaguely recall the last two: One involved explaining the theory of evolution like I knew what I was talking about (I really don't in real life). The other involved me borrowing a magazine, misplacing said magazine, and spending the rest of the dream frustratingly looking for the magazine.

I never found the magazine.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Society would like to wish your society and ours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Anyhow, I had another strange dream. It involved a Beverly Hills 90210 television movie reunion that turned out to have a storyline that spoofed teenage "coming-of-age" comedies, and the main characters had superhero powers. Then again, as I never really watched that show growing up, that could very well be a feasible plot for a reunion movie.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Time Has Lost Its Hold

I had a dream that I lived in an alternate universe where I decided to continue teaching. I had the impression that I was employed at the same school, but the buildings were different. It had indoor hallways, as opposed to the school in real life. And it felt like I was consistently drunk at work (which I never was in real life and had always anticipated I would never be).

They had just hired a middle-aged librarian, and she was asking all sorts of uncomfortably friendly questions to me, such as if I was married and stuff like that. I found that to be strange...until it was revealed that I was 54 years old and had a birthday coming up. So it also turned out that I wasn't drunk at work; I just living in a nearly broken body.

So the middle-aged librarian was effectively hitting on a fifty-something, alternative universe, teacher equivalent of myself.

I found that to be even stranger.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"Time (Lose Your Hold)" featuring moxy phinx


TIME (LOSE YOUR HOLD)
(R. DeRamos)
Download | moxy phinx

The rain streaks a pane
Of scars on the fade
And many the names lost
Waiting and hoping to dust
Waiting and hoping to just
Rise above

The world's at an end
Much more to pretend who you are
Time lose the people you need
Much more than you grieve who you are
Time lose a moment of trust
Much more than enough who you are
Time lose your hold
Time lose your hold
Time

The sun through the glass
Some healing at last
Cast out is the dark, love
Shining not bleeding apart
Shining not bleeding a start
Here anew

The world's at an end
Much more to offend who you are
Time lose the people you need
Much more than you leave who you are
Time lose a moment of trust
Much more than enough who you are
Time lose your hold
Time lose your hold
Time

The scars and the leaving
The rain and the grieving
We're shining not bleeding apart
Rise above

The world's at an end
Much more to defend who you are
Time lose the people you need
Much more than you bleed who you are
Time lose a moment of trust
Much more than enough who you are
Time lose your hold
Time lose your hold
Time lose your hold

© & (P) 2007 DeRamos Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Time (Lose Your Hold)

Within the next day - probably Tuesday - The Society of Gloves will officially unveil "Time (Lose Your Hold)," featuring moxy phinx. The song will be linked above for download and streaming, as well as on our MySpace music profile. We recorded the basic tracks for the song in September, Katrina Lenk of moxy phinx recorded her vocals in October, and the Society finished the recording and mixing process earlier this month.

The song will be featured in Mutiny Universe's Outcasts, coming to a film festival near you!

As far as the album art goes, it's basically another section from Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son, as is the cover art for "Who Are Your Friends?" The ancient Romans considered Saturn to be "Father Time," so the imagery is obvious in relation to the song title.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Society Survey #5: Anthropology

Is there one correct way to live? If so, then how would you describe it? While far from perfect, please take this ten question, multiple-choice survey on anthropology to help us understand which type of society seems best for many. Thanks!

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ensemble Dream

I had a dream that three different characters simultaneously tried to get out of their respective Faustian deals (i.e., deal with the devil for fame or fortune or whatever) through surprise epic battles. I think the characters were sort of aware of when things were amiss and had to fight some specialized (and ironic) mega-demon. In the end, I think two of the characters failed (in a sense) and became super-powered and famous mega-demons. The last one "won" his epic battle only to ironically live insignificantly from then on.

So I don't know the moral of that jumbled subconscious story was.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Three Hats

I dreamt I wore three hats simultaneously. By the way, I actually wore three masks simultaneously for a Halloween party this year.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Blackout Blues

My neighborhood had a workday-long blackout. We're so very dependent on electricity - and been so for more than a hundred years or so. Anyway, since I couldn't be productive on the computer, I took out my trusty microcassette recorder, the band took out a couple of guitars, we reviewed old riffs on tape, and we made new riffs. We developed some new Society material, and it was fun. And we were still dependent on a power source, since the microcassette player runs on a AAA battery. Then again, the sun's a power source too, which feeds the plants, which is part of a food chain...you know what? I'm hungry. I'm going to eat now. Later!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Review: Pearl Jam "Live on Two Legs" (1998)

1998's Yield is not only my favorite Pearl Jam album, it also signifies the rebirth of the band. They were a commercial phenomenon for their first three albums - Ten, Vs., and Vitalogy - and their commercial success waned during their "experimental" era of Vitalogy and No Code. However, commercialism often does not equate when it comes to crafting art.

In the making of Yield documentary Single Video Theory, there was a sentiment that the band had become a true collaborative force recording the Yield album. Everyone contributed to the songwriting process in one way or another, whether co-writing with another band member or bringing a song to the table.

Live on Two Legs finishes the Yield era trilogy (Yield, Single Video Theory, and Live on Two Legs) by documenting how the band performed during their 1998 tour. It's not a true concert but a compilation similar to the DVD Touring Band 2000. Also of note is that this live album shows the reborn band still in transition, with former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron behind the kit, replacing the semi-retiring Jack Irons.

All in all, it's a solid live compilation, with the debut of the song "Untitled," which often transitions into "MFC."

In progressing years, Pearl Jam will follow the album era trilogy pattern of studio album, live album(s), and related video(s):

2000/1: Binaural, Official Bootleg Series, and Touring Band 2000.
2002/3: Riot Act, Official Bootleg Series, and Live at the Garden/Live at the Showbox.
2006/7: Pearl Jam, Official Bootleg Series/Live at the Gorge 05/06, and Immagine in Cornice.

Obviously there's some clever marketing afoot in releasing album era trilogies, but it does beat releasing and reissuing the same album seven or more times (Zeitgeist).

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ti-i-i-ime, Lose Your Hold.

Now that the song for Outcasts, "Time (Lose Your Hold)" is good to go - and the movie is at the cusp of running the film festival circuit - it's time to continue writing an album's worth of music for another film: Elan Vital.

Time, lose your hold, indeed.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Studio Calendar

I finally seriously grasped why recording artists, engineers, and producers have a big calendar with a schedule of duties in the studio. It obviously helps with work flow and good stuff like that. Next time we record a song, we should try it, instead of playing by ear (pardon the pun) and shifting gears constantly and erratically. Then again, it does feel more fulfilling to track guitars or vocals or whatever, whenever the feeling to do so strikes. It's less efficient, of course, but some things just need to take time. So who knows?

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Society Survey #4: Abortion

This one's extremely serious this time. Are you pro-choice or pro-life? Please take this survey, which consists of three questions, one optional question, and the same six demographic questions. Thanks!

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pitch Shifting in Pro Tools

I've been aware of the fantastic (and often ridiculous) things that Pro Tools can do, but the Society has pretty much used the program like a 1970s multitrack recorder with a few extra goodies and some digital wizardry.

And then I discovered the pitch shift tool. (Actually, the time shift tool fixes pitches more intuitively.) While not an automatic perfection-maker like Auto-Tune or Melodyne, it's still pretty evil. Hopefully, we'll only use this tool sparingly.

Or else I've joined the Dark Side.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

It's Almost "Time"

The time is near..."Time (Lose Your Hold)"...that is. In the meantime, check out Society collaborator Moxy Phinx's MySpace profile...and listen to the music!

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Results Thursday at DeRamos.org

If you're looking for some sarcastic Society Survey results, please go to Results Thursday at DeRamos.org. Thanks!

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Two Mics

We've tried several strange things in the studio, but we've neglected to try one of the most basic "tricks": Recording vocals with two mics simultaneously. We have the capability to record two separate tracks simultaneously, so it's only natural that we should try this at least once.

If all goes well, we'll let you hear the results, in the form of a download linked above.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Crowd Noises

I dreamt I added crowd noises to a song we've been recording. It's a nice idea, but for the time being, we'll leave that faux live sound to early Guns N' Roses (Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide is the name of the pretend live EP).

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Moby "Southside"

This song was cool (almost eight years ago). It's Moby's "Southside" (the song and not the anatomical geographic location) featuring Gwen Stefani (before her strange solo career):


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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Society Survey #3: U.S. Politics

Since the 2008 U.S. Presidential election is exactly one year away, we've posted a U.S. politics survey. It consists of ten multiple-choice questions, so please take the survey to help us out - THANKS! (We'll provide some results with commentary at DeRamos.org.)

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